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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 6 (October 1, 1930)


There was quite a large attendance at the Balclutha railway garden recently, when a number of visitors from Dunedin, railway officials, and local residents, gathered to witness the presentation of the cup presented by the Gardening Circle of the Otago Women's Club, to the local railway station in recognition of their having the best-kept railway garden in the Otago district. The afternoon was beautifully fine and admirable for such a ceremony. The gardens looked splendid, and many complimentary remarks were heard on all sides (says a report in one of the Southern papers).

His Worship the Mayor (Mr. S. V. White) presided, and said they were gathered together to congratulate the Balclutha railway staff on winning the cup, and to welcome Lady Ferguson, president of the Otago Women's Club. He extended to her, the railway officials (Messrs. Sword and Benzoni) and the members of the Gardening Circle a hearty welcome. It was some years since the competition had been inaugurated, and they would agree with him that a great improvement had been effected at the various railway stations as a result. They were proud to know that Balclutha station had won the cup, and he congratulated the staff on their success. He also paid a tribute to the good work done in connection with the garden by Mr. W. Stewart, when stationed at Balclutha. The staff gave a good deal of their spare time to the garden, and it was gratifying to know that their efforts had been rewarded.